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The Best Way to Wash Fruit and Vegetables

It is important to remember that we live in a world awash with pesticides. Eating organic produce mitigates the danger somewhat but, unfortunately, it is impossible to entirely avoid the toxins that are used so excessively in agriculture.

There are ways you can protect yourself. Nutritionfacts.org provided the best way to compare various methods of washing fruits and vegetables. Their goal was to find out which way was most effective.  

They found that diluted vinegar was not much more effective than water at removing pesticide residues. Full-strength white vinegar was able to remove more toxins than tap water, but the cost might prove prohibitive if you are on a budget. The good news is that a 5 percent acetic proved particularly effective at removing pesticides from potatoes. 

Animal products are more problematic. For this reason, it is particularly important that you eat meats only from clean sources. Avoid CAFO raised beef and chickens and search for sustainably sourced meats. Fish are particularly vulnerable to contamination. The benefits of omega-3 fatty acids are well documented, but the benefits of fish can outweigh the dangers of toxins.

There are only a few fish that I will eat on a regular basis and farmed Atlantic salmon is not one of them. Instead, I recommend wild caught Alaska salmon and Sockeye salmon. Sockeye salmon has the added advantage of having one of the highest concentrations of astaxanthin of any food. 

Other canned fish that are in the safer category (having lower contamination risk and higher nutritional value) are sardines, anchovies, and pickled herring — all of which also contain higher amounts of healthy fats such as omega-3. I recommend reading my list of the 5 most affordable healthy foods for additional information on how to eat sensibly on a budget. 
 
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